"Life of Ulrich Zwingli"



    45-minute PowerPoint slide show (with sound) - Erwin Weber - July, 2000


Ulrich Zwingli
Swiss Theologian
Basel, Switzerland
Engraving by Duerer
Zurich, Switzerland
Communion Cup
Ulrich Zwingli
with Sword and Bible

I have prepared a 45-minute PowerPoint slide presentation which concentrates on the life of Ulrich Zwingli from his birth in Wildhaus, Switzerland, on January 1, 1484, to his death on October 11, 1531, while fighting for the Protestant cause on the battlefield at Kappel in Switzerland. The slide presentation is narrated by Kai Swanson.

Here is a synopsis of the slide presentation.  Some slides of the presentation are shown above.  Zwingli was born three weeks after Martin Luther. He became the father of the Reformed tradition, which spread throughout Switzerland, Southern Germany, and eventually among the Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Dutch Reformed, and German Reformed Churches in the United States. He was ordained in 1506 at age 22 in the Cathedral in Basel, and studied the Classics and the New Testament in the Erasmus edition. As priest at the Cathedral in Zurich, he preached the reformed doctrine and made Zurich a center of the Reformation.

During the religious debate in Marburg in 1529, Luther and Zwingli agreed on fourteen of the fifteen articles of the Protestant cause but could not agree on the fifteenth which dealt with the Lord's Supper. Therefore, Luther felt compelled to say that the opposition had a "different spirit." This difference of opinion prevented the collaboration of the two reformers. Zwingli, who was very politically oriented, was more radical than Luther and saw the Lord's Supper as a symbolic and commemorative event. Thus the die was cast that there would be more than one reform movement.

When Zwingli returned home to Zurich following the debate, the Catholic cantons declared war against the Protestants in Zurich. The armies met on the battlefield in Kappel with Zwingli, a chaplain, at the front. He was killed fighting for the Protestant cause in October 1531. Zwingli work was continued by his close friend and collaborator, Heinrich Bullinger, who sought the cooperation of John Calvin in the French speaking territory of Switzerland. From Switzerland the reform movement spread throughout Europe and eventually came to the United States.